Opinion Pieces

COVID-19 Mission Isn't Over Until The Economy Delivers For All

29 January 2021

Originally published by The Australian

On the first day of May 2003, barely six weeks after the Americans entered Iraq, George W Bush stood on the decks of an aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, dwarfed by an enormous banner that read “Mission Accomplished”.

Bounce Back No Excuse to Rack Fiscal Cue

24 November 2020

Originally published by the Australian Financial Review.

On paper, the economy is expected to return to growth in the September and December quarters, but off an incredibly low base. While a return to growth is obviously necessary and welcome, this won’t be enough to undo the lasting damage that’s been done to the economy and the labour market so far this year.

Early Turnout Suggests Choice is Clear For Many

22 October 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

This week, many thousands of Queenslanders eschewed the time-honoured Australian tradition of queueing in the hot election-day sun – a flurry of political paraphernalia in one hand, democracy sausage in the other – to cast their vote for the next Queensland government in pre-poll stations across the state.

Level-Headed Leadership or Politics before People

15 October 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

A week before the Federal Budget I was in a Cairns coffee shop listening to Troy, a local business owner and employer, despair about Scott Morrison and the Federal LNP’s decision to start unwinding their support in the local economy.

The Choice is Between a Vote for Stability or a Coalition of Chaos

08 October 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

There is rarely a single thing that turns an election; infrequently one defining insight into our leaders.  Campaigns are won on the accumulation of effort and perceptions building towards the decision voters make in a cramped cardboard booth holding a little stubby pencil.

 

Regions Will Help Us Recover

21 August 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

When the Allman family laid the cornerstone for Warwick’s Criterion Hotel in 1917, Australia was on the cusp of what could be described as our first nationwide domestic disaster. Not long after, the Spanish flu pandemic would strike a nation still processing the trauma and loss of the First World War.

Labor Wants to Help Build An Energy Consensus

25 June 2020

Originally published in the Australian Financial Review

In boardrooms right around Australia, well before most people had heard of the novel coronavirus, and now in Zoom rooms throughout the crisis itself, one issue has come up almost every time: our country’s longstanding energy policy paralysis and its consequences for business costs and investor certainty.

The Times Call For Better Direction

10 June 2020

Originally published in the Australian

New numbers this month confirmed what most Australians knew — Australia has entered a recession and, with that, our remarkable run of three decades of uninterrupted growth has ended. This unparalleled period of continuous growth, which was set up by Labor and defended by Labor when it was last most at risk, has ended under the Liberals.

It's Not Too Early To Start Thinking About Australia After the Crisis

01 April 2020

Originally published on the Guardian.

“We are all in this together” is more than a matter of saying we are all at risk from coronavirus, or that we all have a responsibility to follow the rules – we are, and we do. We are all in this together is also about what happens next. It’s about the Australia we want to live in when life is normal again.

State is Hurting So Get Out and Book A Holiday

05 March 2020

Originally published in the Courier Mail

Our state’s home to some of the world’s premier tourist destinations but the empty cafes, half-full pubs, cut-price seafood and For Lease signs along the main drags of Cairns and Townsville tell a troubling story of local economies hit hard by the coronavirus.